The supplementary legislative election into Etche constituency, Rivers State took place yesterday.
Accreditation commenced at eight in the morning while voters waited patiently to cast their vote.
The election assumed a worrisome dimension as hoodlums were alleged to have chopped off the hand of an official of the Independent National Electoral Commission in Igbo-Etche community, Etche during the rerun election.
One of the officials who was on duty with the victim was also alleged to have been taken hostage by the thugs.
Although there was heavy security presence in Etche there was panic in the area due to series of abduction attempts on policemen on duty and INEC officials.
The victim whose hand was chopped off was taken to INEC headquarters in Port Harcourt for treatment.